Khotsh a rege tunkl gold

Lyrics: Itzik Manger
Music: Chava Alberstein & Klezmatics
Album: The Well/Di Krenitse
Song: Ovntlid

Itzik Manger (איציק מאַנגער, born 1901 in Czernowitz, then Austria, deceased 1969 in Gedera, Israel) was and through his printed words still is the honest to God fucking genius of yiddish poetry. Amongst many other language based artefacts of subtlety and beauty the following one surely belongs to our favorites.

Itzik Manger reads

This poem patterns a certain kind of inner sensations and their connection to music right on the fine line where real poetry must live and in a European-Oriental language that was spoken by millions and is now regularly spoken only by half crazy Haredim in NYC, Florida and Israel and - slightly embarassing most of the time - in workshops.

And an aside: Frank London blows a trumpet solo here that searches for peers, not pears.

Enjoy now!

Ovnt Lid

shtiler ovnt tunkl-gold,
ikh zits baym glezl vayn.
vos iz gevorn fun mayn tog?
a shotn un a shayn.
zol khotsh a rege tunkl-gold
in mayn lid arayn ...

shtiler ovnt, tunkl-gold,
an alter groer yid
davnt frum avek dem shtoyb
fun dem yor-yarid.
zol khotsh a murml fun dem yid
arayn tsu mir in lid ...

shtiler ovnt, tunkl-gold
vint veyt oys velt ayn,
mayn troyer vos gevezn vakh,
shloft vi a hintl ayn.
zol khotsh an otem fun dem shlof
in lid tsu mir arayn ...

shtiler ovnt, tunkl-gold
a zumer-foygl flit.
mit fligl zayne gro un gold,
avek in got-bavit
zol khotsh a tsiter fun zayn fli
arayn tsu mir in lid....

 
last updated: 08.04.18 18:48
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